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Phillip Coorey

Political editor

Phillip Coorey is the political editor based in Canberra. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Lyneham award for press gallery excellence. Connect with Phillip on Facebook and Twitter. Email Phillip at [email protected]


โ€˜Keep it simpleโ€™: Albo advises Starmer on how to beat Tories

Anthony Albanese and ALP national secretary Paul Erickson have engaged with British Labour leader Keir Starmer to help him defeat the Conservative government.


Treasurer escalates case to wind back tax cuts

Jim Chalmers will push harder to pare back the stage three reductions in the October budget by revealing the immediate cost blowouts facing the government.

A familiar, dirty old smell has returned to politics

Laborโ€™s argument for curbing the stage three tax cuts has some merit, but it should have, and could have, been made before the election.

This Month

Labor to shave income tax cuts, now or later

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has pledged to hound Prime Minister Anthony Albanese every day until the next election if the government breaks its key promise.

Labor splits over the future of income tax cuts

Sharp divisions have emerged inside the Albanese government over the future of the stage three tax cuts as Treasurer Jim Chalmers builds a case to pare them back.

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Miners say they are being used as pawns in IR inquiry

Major mining companies believe they are being used for political purposes by being forced to appear before a Senate inquiry into a One Nation industrial relations bill.

Labor canvasses capping stage three tax cuts

The Albanese government is looking at options to wind back the reductions for those on higher incomes, but will not dump them altogether as some demand.

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Libs up the ante on corruption commission public hearings

The Coalition says a high-ranking judge should make the final decision whether hearings should be public.


Palaszczuk dumps land tax after revolt at The Lodge

The Queensland Premier has been forced to dump a controversial land tax after weeks of damaging headlines culminated in her being abandoned by her fellow leaders.

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Labor vows fewer postings for ex-pollies, but sends Smith to Britain

Labor will give fewer diplomatic postings to former MPs, except for plum jobs such as London and Washington.

Red, teal and green โ€“ a new look for the Power list

As we emerge from the pandemic, a structural shift might keep Labor in power for quite a while.

Anti-corruption body is still a victory for sidelined independents

Itโ€™s been a year since Gladys Berejiklian resigned. Little wonder the major parties are wary.

Spain backs Australia-EU trade deal, steps up push to sell ships

Spain is pushing the government to buy its warships while also seeking to secure critical minerals from Australia as an alternative to Chinaโ€™s stranglehold.

Liberals may not adopt fixed position on Voice

The Opposition Leader says it is impossible for the Coalition to formulate its position due to the lack of definition and detail surrounding the proposal.

Off with his head! King Charles to be dumped from $5 note

Treasurer Jim Chalmers has spoken to Reserve Bank of Australia governor Philip Lowe about removing Australiaโ€™s head of state from the $5 note.


Dutton backs Laborโ€™s integrity commission, could sideline crossbench

The Opposition Leader has backed the National Anti-Corruption Commission as proposed, giving the government the option of ignoring the Greens and independents.

Budget boost no reason to continue excise cut: Chalmers

Treasurer Jim Chalmers is holding firm on the petrol excise, despite an improving budget bottom line.

National corruption body mimics flawed Vic model, experts warn

Legal and integrity experts criticised the governmentโ€™s proposed National Anti-Corruption Commission for having too high a threshold for public hearings.

Grim Chalmers looking for excuses to tax and spend: Taylor

The shadow treasurer says the government is too pessimistic, and the budget can return to surplus if spending is contained.

Anti-corruption commission to cast a wide net: Dreyfus

The Attorney-General says that the new government body will cover anyone who seeks to influence a public official or politician - but thereโ€™s a loophole for pork barreling.